McQuaid (concussion) finally feeling like himself

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McQuaid (concussion) finally feeling like himself

Adam McQuaid missed the entire playoff series against the Washington Capitals with a concussion that he suffered during the regular season, and theres no doubt his size and strength was missed.

There was also concern because the Bruins defenseman attempted to return from his head injury during the regular season, but he lasted just one period in a road game against the Ottawa Senators before pulling the plug. The concussion stemmed from a March 29 hit at the hands of Washington forward Jason Chimera when the Caps winger charged McQuaid from behind after hopping over the bench and making a B-line for the defenseman.

There was concern how long McQuaid's post-concussion symptoms would linger into the offseason, especially since he's suffered multiple concussions in his young NHL career.

The rugged blueliner told CSNNE.com that hes been clear of concussion symptoms for the last two weeks, and he has been feeling good while resuming his normal workouts.

Ive been feeling like myself pretty much for a few weeks now, said McQuaid. Im feeling pretty good and starting to ramp up the training. Everything has been good thus far.

The 6-foot-5, 209-pounder finished last season with 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 72 games while also finishing with a plus-16 rating and a growing reputation as one of the most fearsome punchers in the game.

The concussion stuff is perhaps a greater concern for a player that relies so much on his physicality, but it would appear the 25-year-old is well on his way to going through a full, healthy offseason.

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.